Your liver has just arrived from California, Dad
I see the helicopter outside
Churning on the hospital roof
Bearing the fresh and steaming organ
Direct from whatever catastrophe
It was rescued.
What sacrifice! What elation to set off
From a departed intellect
A liver greater than the sum of its body’s parts, with progressive installations to
Feed unending beneficiaries
While its legatees feed it in return
Let those livers live in
Us in time
How cold these reflections are,
How unwillingly they leave my mouth.
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